Light snow, patchy freezing drizzle and gusty east winds continue tonight-Friday morning

Light snow continues to move west/northwest this evening affecting all of northwest Wisconsin and parts of northeast and east-central Minnesota. Note: Heavier snowfall in darker blue and purple colors.

Gusty east winds near Lake Superior is also causing areas of blowing snow this evening.

Snowfall Reports from around the Northland


Event Dates: January 22-23, 2020

5 N Edgewater, WI: 3.4″
Upson, WI: 2.2″
1 N Cloquet, MN: 1.8″
Duluth Airport: 1.1″ (total thru 6 PM Thursday)

-Winter Weather Advisory in effect for parts of the Northland (purple shaded areas on map)

The advisory is in effect until 9 PM tonight for Silver Bay, Isabella, Two Harbors, Duluth, Cloquet, Moose Lake, Hill City, Grand Rapids and Hibbing.

-The Advisory is in effect until 10 AM Friday for Port Wing, Bayfield, Washburn and Ashland.

-Expect snow and patchy freezing drizzle in the advisory areas tonight and Friday morning with snow accumulation and a light glaze of ice.

-Reduced visibilities due to snow and patchy blowing snow tonight and Friday morning.

-Plan on slippery road conditions.


Road Conditions



Snow will continue tonight in northwest Wisconsin and parts of northeast and east-central Minnesota (blue colors on map)

Snow is forecast to taper off Friday morning, but a few bands of snow could rotate W/NW affecting mainly northwest Wisconsin, and perhaps far eastern Minnesota Friday afternoon, and possibly even on Saturday.

Source 18z NAM-WRF model 1.23.20;

Here’s my snowfall forecast through Friday.

Note: These are additional snowfall totals added to what has already fallen. Duluth Airport has picked up 1.1″ of snow so far with another 1 to 3 inches of snow possible through Friday morning bringing event totals to 2 to 4 inches.

It really is a messy setup right now, but basically we’re seeing an area of low pressure gradually lift NE out of the Central Plains, this low is forecast to reach southwestern Lower Michigan by Saturday morning (6 AM) and Lake Huron by Saturday evening. This system combined with a trough extending NW of the low will continue to bring some snow to parts of the Northland tonight and Friday. There could also be a little lake effect/enhanced snow near Lake Superior with east-northeast winds tonight and Friday, but with a relatively mild airmass in place, the lake effect shouldn’t be too significant.

Source Goes-16 water vapor imagery, January 23, 2020

Low temperature forecast for Friday morning, January 24, 2020. Source

High temperature forecast for Friday, January 24.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

*Winter Weather Advisory for Duluth until 9 PM Tonight*

.Tonight… Windy with periods of snow along with patchy blowing snow. Patchy freezing drizzle possible. Low 23 to 28. Wind east to northeast 15 to 25 mph. Additional snowfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

.Friday… Occasional snow showers. Mostly cloudy. High 30 to 33. Wind north to northeast 10 to 15 mph.

.Saturday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 30 to 35. Wind north to northwest 10 to 15 mph.

Normal temperatures for January 24

High 19
Low 1

Sunrise Friday 7:43 AM CST
Sunset Friday 4:59 PM CST

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